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Title: An online community of practice around science communication: #onsci
Author: Bray, H.
Keenihan, S.
Hutson, J.
Alford, K.
Citation: Proceedings of the Australian Science Communicators Conference, 2015 / Longnecker, N., Harris, C., Madden, K. (ed./s), pp.9-21
Publisher: Australian Science Communicators
Issue Date: 2015
ISBN: 978-0-9943603-0-4
Conference Name: Australian Science Communicators National Conference (ASC 2014) (2 Feb 2014 - 5 Feb 2014 : Brisbane, Qld)
Editor: Longnecker, N.
Harris, C.
Madden, K.
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Heather Bray, Sarah Keenihan, James Hutson and Kristin Alford
Abstract: #onsci is a Twitter hashtag and monthly chat session originally created to continue and extend conversations ‘on science’ stemming from the Inspiring Australia conference of 2011. Each month, participants are invited to join a hosted hour-long Twitter conversation on topical matters relating to science communication, education, policy, research, marketing and more. Interested parties also use the #onsci tag to share relevant resources and conduct conversations outside of designated chat times. With approximately 50 participants per session (mostly Australian but also some internationals) in 25 chats, #onsci has been highly successful in providing a forum for those interested in science communication to come together, share ideas and develop their personal and professional networks. #onsci has also contributed to the development of science policy via a submission to the McKeon Review, and teaching of science communication in Australia through informal associations with courses taught at Universities and online. This paper considers the effectiveness of #onsci as an online community of practice around science communication, and consider how future iterations might shape the practice of science communication in Australia.
Keywords: Social media, Twitter, science communication, hashtag, #onsci, community, community of practice, netnography, Inspiring Australia
Rights: Copyright © Australian Science Communicators, Canberra, Australian Capital Territory. 2015.
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